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Old 03-04-2019, 12:28   #5101
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I wouldn't at all be surprised if someone like Comcast came in for Discovery to boost its offering in factual and sport across Europe with Eurosport.
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I wouldn't at all be surprised if someone like Comcast came in for Discovery to boost its offering in factual and sport across Europe with Eurosport.
Not beyond the realms of possibility, I guess.
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Old 03-04-2019, 16:55   #5103
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I wouldn't at all be surprised if someone like Comcast came in for Discovery to boost its offering in factual and sport across Europe with Eurosport.
As Horizon correctly points out, hundreds of media companies in the USA whittled down so each market is dominated by a small number of key players. So from the list I compiled I’d imagine the smaller players will find themselves gobbled up or merging into the more successful operators.

Of course, this reflects a reduction of competition, not an increase.
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Old 03-04-2019, 17:19   #5104
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As Horizon correctly points out, hundreds of media companies in the USA whittled down so each market is dominated by a small number of key players. So from the list I compiled I’d imagine the smaller players will find themselves gobbled up or merging into the more successful operators.

Of course, this reflects a reduction of competition, not an increase.
Completely agree , the article below says similar.
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/24/disc...ia%20companies
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Old 03-04-2019, 18:44   #5105
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Completely agree , the article below says similar.
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/24/disc...ia%20companies
Bad news for subscribers who will have to fund the acquisitions at inflated prices no doubt as the bidding war escalates.

Interestingly for the prospective economists of the forum this is something that wouldn’t happen in a perfectly competitive market. A large number of sellers, and low barriers for new entrants, would make such actions futile.

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Bad news for subscribers who will have to fund the acquisitions at inflated prices no doubt as the bidding war escalates.

Interestingly for the prospective economists of the forum this is something that wouldn’t happen in a perfectly competitive market. A large number of sellers, and low barriers for new entrants, would make such actions futile.

You know this as a fact then?
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Old 03-04-2019, 20:48   #5107
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You know this as a fact then?
There’s no magic money tree.

If company A buys company B for $Xbn, it’s not because they’ve a few bob burning a hole in their pocket. It’s an investment, and that means a return has to come from the customers in the medium/long term. In an oligopoly the pricing trend is upwards, not downwards as in perfect competition. Hence the returns make such acquisitions more viable.

Ask your average Manchester United season ticket holder who funded the Glazer takeover in reality.

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Old 07-04-2019, 10:49   #5108
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The Netflix app has now been updated on the older TiVo box to match the V6 version.
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Old 12-04-2019, 15:08   #5109
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More info on Disney+

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-47904958
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Old 12-04-2019, 15:19   #5110
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I've been informed, by someone who subscribes, that "about 80% of what was announced last night" for the Disney+ app is already in the existing UK service Disney Life.
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No pricing on the UK model yet though.
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I've been informed, by someone who subscribes, that "about 80% of what was announced last night" for the Disney+ app is already in the existing UK service Disney Life.
To be honest it's not something I'll be bothering with I've just looked and there's nothing gripping me.
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Oh dear.

Grab market share and hike the price seems to be the predictable strategy.
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Oh dear.

Grab market share and hike the price seems to be the predictable strategy.
As part of my Sky package I enjoy bits of Disney Shows/Movies but on its own it's streaming service just doesn't seem a must have.

You have to ask as well how many will dip in and out when there's a new Star Wars or something on.
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As part of my Sky package I enjoy bits of Disney Shows/Movies but on its own it's streaming service just doesn't seem a must have.

You have to ask as well how many will dip in and out when there's a new Star Wars or something on.
Quite a few l would say given the Star Wars fanbase plus one suspects people will also look for the very likely cheap offers near the time of when the film is available to watch.
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